Members of the Twisted Misfits motorcycle club rolled their Harley-Davidsons over to the bank where Jack Lynass works earlier this month to make a special deposit.

The motorcyclists were there to hand over $2,200 in cash for Special Olympics Flame, the nonprofit organization led by Lynass.

Earlier this year, the Rapid City-based motorcycle club was looking for an organization to get involved with, and they realized they already had one close by: many of the group's members, it turns out, have friends whose children participate in Special Olympics.

So the group started what they hope is the first of many "Hogtoberfests." The celebration, attended by about 150 people, featured a hog roast, a 50/50 raffle, karaoke and more.

Ten different motorcycle clubs from throughout the Hills attended, according to Misfits vice president Johnny Osborne.

After the event — which was backed by donated food and prizes — club members felt so good, they were already looking forward to the next one.

"It was so much fun, I wish I could rewind and do it again," Osborne said. 

The club raised enough money to buy seven Strider bikes, which are part of a growing athletic program in Special Olympics.

"We've found that these balance bikes are perfect for our athletes," Lynass said. "Now, they're in their neighborhoods striding with their neighborhood friends."

The money donated by the Misfits will also help address the costs associated with the nonprofit's growth. In just five years, the organization has grown from just 17 athletes to about 150.

For the Misfits, whether they help 150 children or just one child, the work is worth it.

"We're all about our community," Osborne said. "We love working with people. If there is someone we can help, we want to help them."

And it showed not just in their actions, but in their eyes.

"You could just see their passion for what they're doing," Lynass said of the club members, "they're so excited about helping these athletes."

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